Rush City business celebrates grand opening

5th Street Bar opens under new ownership

New business owner Tyler Anderson, 29, has owned the 5th Street Bar in Rush City since June 15. Brother Alex Anderson, 23, works there, too. Photos by Melanie M. Hedberg

New business owner Tyler Anderson, 29, has owned the 5th Street Bar in Rush City since June 15. Brother Alex Anderson, 23, works there, too. Photos by Melanie M. Hedberg

Since June 15, new business owner Tyler Anderson has made a few changes at 180 W. Fifth St. in Rush City. Previously known as the Rush City Tavern, Anderson has renamed the bar located behind Creekside Pizza and Café as the 5th Street Bar.

This spring, Anderson learned from Michelle Hall, co-owner of Creekside Pizza and Café, that the bar would soon be closing and there was an opportunity to start his own business. With the encouragement of co-workers, friends and girlfriend, Anderson began pursuing this new endeavor.

“I did a lot of research and made a lot of phone calls,” he said. Worried he would not be taken seriously at the age of 29, he said that Hermann Insurance and Creekside Pizza and Café helped him attain this goal. Anderson also noted, “The Rush City Council was very pleasant to work with.”

In June, the council granted a joint liquor license to Creekside and the 5th Street Bar.

Anderson has always lived in the area – Harris, Stark and Rush City. He graduated in 2001 from Rush City and continued his education at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Minneapolis/St. Paul. There he received an associate’s degree in culinary arts.

Bartender Anika, all decked out in a Hawaiian lei and a flower in her hair, serves a fruity Wapatui at the 5th Street Bar grand opening July 13.

Bartender Anika, all decked out in a Hawaiian lei and a flower in her hair, serves a fruity Wapatui at the 5th Street Bar grand opening July 13.

Anderson has been an entrepreneur since he was young, starting his first lawn care business with his brother at age 12. He loves to cook and was preparing entire Thanksgiving dinners for his family at a very young age. Over the years, Anderson worked at various local restaurants. At 14, he started washing dishes at Home Plate (formerly at JJs Bowl in North Branch) and was quickly promoted to cook. His restaurant experience also includes The Oak Inn, Purple Hawk, Village Inn, The Carlson House Bed & Breakfast, and Creekside Pizza and Café.

Since Anderson has catered and done event planning, he has made lots of connections with both the music and entertainment industries.

“Upon entering the 5th Street Bar, you will find a clean, friendly, music-oriented environment,” Anderson said. “We will have something for everyone.”

Indoor bean bag toss, foosball, pool, various arcade games and pull tabs are available for customers.

“We currently have karaoke on Thursdays and Finnegans Fridays between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.,” Anderson said. Finnegans beer is brewed by Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul, and 100 percent of the profits are donated to charities, he noted.

There are plans to add bingo in the near future.

Along with the new partnership between the 5th Street Bar and Creekside Pizza and Café, customers can now order off a slightly different menu from the bar area until closing, and alcoholic beverages are available in the restaurant. Anderson said the bar strives to make every customer’s experience amazing, so he encourages folks to stop in and check it out.

Bar hours: 3 p.m. to midnight on Monday and Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. To contact the bar, call 320-566-1122, or follow the 5th Street Bar on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events.

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